Just the thought of moving to a different place exhausts me. If this is the spot you are finding yourself in, you have two options: have a moving company come and do it for you (not really an option for many of us) or just hang on for the ride.
I have changed scenery many times. I have moved a thousand miles away and I have moved just right next door. You would think the latter would be easier, and it was; although, I learned a valuable lesson. More things were broken in that move, because we weren’t as careful in our packing.
There are other lessons I have learned over time as well that made these times in my life easier. The first thing I would suggest is to downsize as soon as you hear that a move is possible. I used to have the mindset that as I am unpacking at the new place, I will really take the time to go through things and only keep what I need. That never happens, though. Once you are in your new location, you are going to want to make it ”home” as soon as possible. So you quickly get things out and shove the unwanted stuff into the dreaded junk drawers or into boxes to store until your next move. I have learned that if I downsize before I move, it makes it much easier. There is less to pack and you feel a bit more organized when unpacking. You can lighten your load by having a yard sale. If you don’t have time to plan that, give it to an organization that will come and pick it up for you.
Another tip that has helped is labeling the boxes. Use a dark, thick marker to indicate the room that you want each box to be placed in once you get to your new house. If you are having someone help you, make sure to let them know which room is which at the new residence (for example: which area will be used as the office, master bedroom, guest room, etc.). This eliminates having one room completely stacked with boxes. You will have easier access to your bathroom and kitchen supplies instead of hoping you come across those items first in the sea of cardboard.
But the biggest lesson: have a good attitude about it. Make it an adventure!